Daily shaving routine with iS Clinical products

July 26th, 2013

Matt is 20 and he has been using iS Clinical products since he was fifteen, as like many young people his age, he suffered from  teenage spots and blackheads.  Now he has matured, his skin is still kept in tip top condition  using the same daily routine, only now he has introduced shaving into the morning ritual!  We were very impressed that he had kept on top of his skincare for so long that we asked him to do a video blog for us  and he was happy to oblige.

iS Clinical products are so easy to use for those who want a quick and easy solution to keeping their skin healthy and protected.  These medical strength range of products are more potent than you can buy on the high street, and their effectiveness is second to none.

“Skin health is our business and we are passionate about helping you look your natural best”.

Matt now uses the Cleansing Complex as a shaving cream, (as well as a cleanser),  Hydra Cool Serum as a shaving balm, (as well as a moisturiser)  Active Serum to keep the spots at bay,  and most important, he always remembers to put on his SPF  so his skin keeps hydrated and safe from the damaging rays of the sun.  iS Clinical really is a multifaceted range!

Take a look at his simple routine and see how easy these products are to use:

Oh, and thanks Matt – we really appreciate your help with this – as they say, a picture paints a thousand words!

If you would like to have a consultation with one of our team of specialist nurses about iS Clinical or any other of the treatments and products we offer here at MBNS, please call us on 01844 213007 or fill out the contact form here and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Skin health is our business and we are passionate about helping you look your natural best.

iS Clinical regime through teenage eyes!

July 23rd, 2013

Last week, Ella Turner aged 15,  visited our clinics (both MBNS and Qutis Witney) on work experience.    She learned about all the various treatments that we do here and managed to observe both the nursing and admin staff.  Ella also spent some time in the marketing department where she helped put together this video.  Ella uses the iS Clinical range of products daily,  so we thought it would be great for her to video her regime in a very relaxed way that would appeal to people of her own age group.

In the morning she uses Cleansing Complex followed by Pro Heal Serum,  (for teenage spots!) Hydra Cool (anti acnaic hydrator) and SPF (that’s sun protection!)  Her night time regime is Cleansing Complex again plus Active Serum– (a microscopic exfoliator) simple and effective!

We really enjoyed Ella being with us, and it was nice to see that someone of her age is taking care of their skin and understanding the need for good skincare that will put her in good stead for healthy skin throughout the years that follow.

If you would like to book a consultation with one of our team of specialist nurses to discuss your skincare and find out more about this medical range of skincare, please feel free to call us on 01844 213007 or fill in the form here!


Here is her short video:

MBNS believe in setting realistic achievable goals for skin health

July 17th, 2013



Setting realistic goals for body and skin is extremely important, and an article has been posted recently on MSN that has opened the door to some interesting discussion on this topic.

I am referring to a disorder where a person has unrealistic expectations about their body, medically referred to as dismorphia.   Wikipedia puts it this way:  excessive concern about and preoccupation with a perceived defect of an individual’s physical features.  The person thinks they have a defect in either one feature or several features of their body, which causes psychological distress that causes clinically significant distress or impairs occupational or social functioning.

It is a disorder that we are quite familiar with at MBNS, and one that we have counselled and treated over the years with professional advice and expert guidance.

From an early age, as little girls played with their dolls, opinions were being formed of what “perfect” looked like.  The first benchmark was Barbie!  The vital statistics of a Barbie doll who is said to be aged about 19 years is  36-18-33, where as the average 19 year old today is actually 32-31-33!

The average 19 year old woman’s statistics are 32-31-33 – not 36-18-33 like Barbie!

With that in mind, artist Nickolay Lamm of MyDeals.com decided to find out what a ‘normal-sized’ Barbie would look

Barbie and 'real' Barbie - how dismorphia can lead to body issues

Barbie and ‘real’ Barbie – how dismorphia can lead to body issues

like, so he took the CDC’s measurements of the average 19-year-old woman (32-31-33) and created a 3D model of the doll, then photographed it next to a standard Barbie.  The picture shows the extreme difference in the two body types.

So that’s where this obsession with this unreachable perfection can start, along with glossy magazines airbrushing their covers and other forms of media all giving their own definition to what the public now thinks of as ‘perfection’.    But it doesn’t stop there.

Our expert nurses consult, advise and manage expectations so that realistic goals for optimal safe, results can be achieved for your skin health.

Managing expectations is one of our team of nurses’ primary roles at MBNS.  We consult and treat patients with care, having their wellbeing and expectations at the forefront.  Our aim is to make them look their natural best.  Helping them achieve great skin health is paramount as well as being comfortable in their own skin.  We do offer many anti-ageing treatments that include botox and dermal fillers for wrinkle reduction and volumising along with IPL for removing red veins and sun damage (pigmentation) as well as permanent hair reduction.

Not everyone can have the looks of the young models that grace the covers of magazines, but what we can offer is experienced professionals who understand skin health and know you are an individual.  You are in safe hands at MBNS.

If you would like to arrange a consultation with one of our specialist nurses please call 01844 213007 or fill out the online form here and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We want to help you look the best you can, safely and naturally.


Sunburn is no laughing matter!

July 12th, 2013

The weather has finally turned and it now looks like July has the promise of being a real summer scorcher!

We all love a bit of sunshine, it makes you feel good and it is nice to finally get outside and enjoy the outdoor events. But this activity comes with a caveat.  If skin is unprotected it can burn, causing long term damage to the body.  Did you know that  age spots and freckles are all signs of sun damage?  They are the remains of a previous sunburn.   Some people may say that they had freckles as a child and it can’t be related to the sun – but have you ever seen a baby with freckles?  No!  Sun damage can occur from  the earliest of exposure.

An article was written in the Mail online yesterday about people who had actively gone out to get a sunburn!!!  The individuals in question thought nothing of lounging in the sun without any suntan lotion on for the effect of a  few laughs and a terrible sunburn.  The picture below shows a woman who has probably fallen asleep on her stomach in the blazing sunshine and had not been aware of the damage she was causing to her skin in the short and the long term.  The pain, blistering  and sun damage that will occur in the next few days hopefully will spur this person into thinking twice about doing this again!


Sunburn caused by wearing no sun protection (SPF)


Even if the day is cloudy, the UVA and UVB rays can penetrate cloud and you can burn.

The MBNS Nurses are armed and ready to protect you against the dangers of going out in the sun without protection.   A good suncreen of at least factor 30 should be used as a daily moisturiser  – even if the day is cloudy as the UVA and UVB rays can penetrate cloud.  Due also to the break in the Ozone layer, and more than ever do we need to take care.

We offer three great suncreens at MBNS:  Obagi Sunguard Factor 30, Obagi Factor 50 and the newly developed iS Clinical Eclipse factor 50 – all available in clinic and online with FREE delivery.

MBNS is an aesthetic skin clinic based in Thame, Oxfordshire. we specialise in all anti ageing treatments including botox, dermal fillers and permanent hair removal.

So the moral to the story is:  enjoy the sunshine but remember to ALWAYS wear a good sunscreen – not a sunburn, and you’ll have the last laugh!



Skin tag removal at MBNS

July 9th, 2013

skin-tag-removalWere you aware that we remove skin tags as well as moles at MBNS?  It is one of our lesser known treatments that is becoming increasingly popular.  We have been performing this treatment for over 15 years and in that time we have removed hundreds of skin tags and moles from many of our patients.

We have seen in the past, patients who have tried and failed to remove these skin tags themselves   It really is vital that these skin tags are removed by a professional as infection can occur from this being done in a non sterile environment.    So a word of warning:  Never try to remove a skin tag yourself!

Over 46% of the population suffer from skin tags, also known as acrochordon.  It is  a small benign tumor that forms primarily in areas where the skin forms creases, such as the neck, armpit, and groin. They may also occur on the face, usually on the eyelids.

 We can consult and treat your Skin Tag all in the same appointment  if you wish, or you can reschedule for another time if not convenient.

Most skin tags occur from skin rubbing up against skin, and are often found in skin creases and folds. Skin Tags are harmless and typically painless, however tags may become irritated by shaving, clothing or jewellery.

Also, if you have  a mole that your GP has checked and told you it can be cosmetically removed, then we are happy to provide this service for you also.    Why not visit the MBNS clinic in Thame for a consultation with one of our specialist nurses?    We can consult and treat all in the same appointment  if you wish, or you can reschedule for another time if not convenient.

The procedure is simple and quick for removal and the area is numbed with an anesthetic cream to make it comfortable.

MBNS also provide many anti-ageing treatments that include dermal fillers, botox and permanent hair reduction.

Ring us now on 01844 213007 or fill out the form by clicking here!  We look forward to seeing you!


Semi-Permanent make up done! Now I’m ready for my holiday!

July 5th, 2013

Semi Perm makeup

Marea’s eyebrows being treated by Fay Verney

I have just had my bi annual semi-permanent make up treatment to my  eyebrows and lash line.  This is, in short, a micro pigment is applied to the skin under my fading brows and lashes.

Semi-Permanent make up is great for swimmers, sports women or even the long sighted amongst us who can no longer see accurately in close up!

Not many people realise this but as we women grow older some of our glands don’t produce as much hormone as in earlier years,  and in my eyebrows’ case , it is my thyroid function that is tailing off so rendering my eyebrows  and eyelashes to thin out.

That’s why I chose to have my eyelashes enhanced with a very fine semi-permanent eyeliner as well.   Fay Verney is our expert technician.  She has being doing Semi-Permanent make up for over 8 years now, and she is extremely skilled.  I wouldn’t trust my brows to any other person!  Semi-Permanent make up  lasts two years and is great for swimmers, sports women or even the long sighted amongst us who can no longer see accurately in close up!

So, I have had my Botox and Juvederm dermal fillers done, and now my semi-permanent eye make up completes my summer look.   I can go make up free if I wish, can swim to my heart’s content and not have to worry about having panda eyes from my mascara running down my face!  Yeah,  I am holiday ready!

On dermal fillers: A comment on the ITV programme The True Cost of Beauty

July 1st, 2013

true cost of beauty

The True Cost of Beauty featured on ITV detailed cosmetic procedures that had gone drastically wrong

Last Thursday on ITV1 aired a programme concerning the subject of cosmetic treatments using both permanent and non permanent dermal fillers.  The programme called ‘The True Cost of Beauty’  followed several people who had undergone treatments and all had experienced an adverse reaction to these treatments including swelling and infection that required antibiotics and other procedures to undo the harm caused to the face.

What was common in most of the people’s experiences was that they had taken huge risks.  They had blindly put their trust in a non-medical professional, had cut corners by finding cheaper options or had even bought the product over the internet and self injected!!

If you are considering having dermal fillers – choose your professional wisely!

This is proof itself that if you are considering having dermal filler treatment as many people are these days, (the cosmetic industry has grown by 300% over the past 5 years!) that you must choose your professional extremely wisely.

MBNS clinic in Thame, Oxon has 5 experienced Nurse Practitioners and have been in the business of dermal fillers, botox and all areas of skin health for over fifteen years now.  We use toxins and dermal filler products such as Juvederm, Beletero,Restylane and Radiesse.  All are non permanent, but all give lasting, natural looking results.

So if you are looking for treatments with dermal fillers, please have a checklist like the one below and make sure all boxes are ticked before you proceed.

At MBNS we assure you that:

1.  your Nurse Practitioner will understand the chemistry of what is being injected

2.  they understand anatomy

3.  they understand how the ageing process works

4. they know how to inject in the correct plane (the correct depth)

5.  and if problems do occur, they will know how to respond as they are highly experienced and qualified nurses

If you would like to arrange a consultation with one of our team of Nurse Professionals, please call us on 01844 213007 today or alternatively fill out the contact form here and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  We look forward to meeting you.

The moral to this ever developing story is:  choose an experienced professional and do not cut corners – it is not worth it!